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The Seven Continents: A Geography Lesson
Students will be able to name and identify the seven continents.
Introduce the lesson by projecting the “The Seven Continents” song.
Explicit instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Display the globe or map of the world and explain that just like the song showed, there are seven large areas of land on the planet. We call each of these areas a continent.
- Explain to the students that while there are over a hundred different countries and many bodies of water in the world, there are only seven continents.
- Point to each of the continents and name each one (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Australia).
- Describe the position of each continent in relation to the other continents using words like above, below, beside, and next to.
- Ask students if they know which continent they live on. Allow for a few guesses then point to the correct continent.
Guided practice/Interactive modeling(5 minutes)
- Display the Label the Continents worksheet on the projector, document camera, or whiteboard.
- Cut out each of the labels (or have them pre-cut).
- Ask students to help you find the locations of the continents on the map by having students come up and point to each of the continents one at a time.
- Encourage students to use position words when describing the location of each continent.
- Label each continent with the correct name.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Pass out a copy of the Label the Continents worksheet to each student to complete independently.
Support: Encourage students who are struggling to use the displayed map as a guide. Students can also work together to read the labels on their maps.
- Enrichment: For students who complete the worksheet early, pass out a set of the Color the Continents worksheets for them to color. Advanced students can cut out each continent and glue each to one large piece of paper to make their own continent map.
- Collect student work samples to assess whether students were able to accurately label each of the seven continents on the map.
- Informally assess student understanding by asking the students the names of different continents while they are working independently.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Play "The Seven Continents" song one more time and encourage the students to sing along.
- Review the definition of a continent (large bodies of land that can contain many different countries) as a group.